WHO IS SHE
A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives
The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.
Honoured by: Elspeth Christie
There is something to be said about the “wise woman” in one’s life, someone who comes to you in a time of need and offers counsel and support, and then becomes a lifelong friend. Pat is my wise woman. I met Pat the summer before I started teaching, almost thirty years ago. She is 12 years older than I am, and at the time was a mother of three daughters and also an experienced teacher. We sat on the shore of Georgian Bay that summer, and she gave me all the information and encouragement I needed to have a successful first year in that challenging grade 4 classroom. Seven years later, our first son was born. I will never forget her kindness during those first few weeks. It became a tradition that Pat was our first babysitter, with each baby, she was the one who offered respite and wise advice, but only if I asked for it. Pat’s calm wisdom, her generous gift of time, and her faith in me as a mother and a teacher, has never wavered all these years. I am forever grateful for her friendship.
Lindsay passed away on November 26th, 2009, after battling brain cancer for four years. Just 26 years old, she was courageous to the very end. Amanda and I were among the hundreds of people who attended her funeral. The sense of loss and injustice was palpable in the church. But more powerful than that was the knowledge that we were changed for the better for having known her.